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to an ugly antimuslim movie but rather a well planned coordinated terrorist attack. call it benghazi gate. the question of what the obama administration knew you about the true nature of the assault that killed our ambassador chris stevens and the three other brave americans and when they knew it and consider the possibility that this unfolding scandal will become a serious distraction for the president as he tries to capitalize on rival mitt romney's own week be from hell including mr. romney's comment about the 47% who don't pay any income tax and who therefore will never vote for him, the release this weekend of the governor's 2011 tax returns and the widespread feeling in the mainstream media at least that governor romney is losing this race. >> you are the c.e.o. of this campaign. a lot of republicans would like to know, a lot of your doan hes would like to know how do you turn this thing around. you have a little more than six weeks. what do you do? >> well, it it doesn't need a turnaround. we a campaign tied with an incumbent president of the united states. >> geraldo: mr. romney i
we were the first to call it benghazi gate. >> there is no justification. none at all for responding to this video with violence. >> in fact, this was not a preplanned premeditated attack. >> i would say yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> we have reports that white house said today that the attacks in libya were terrorist attacks. >> we are still doing an investigation there are going to be different circumstances in different countries so i don't want to speak to something until we have all of the information. >> i have first hand experience in that country with all of the anarchy and all of the mobs and appears to by an al-qaeda or terrorist professional attack. a coordinated combined arms attack and ambush on the consulate. >> what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. >> geraldo: call it benghazi gate. the question of what the obama administration knew about the true nature of the assault that killed our ambassador chris stevens and the three other brave americans and when they knew it. >> there are no words that excuse the killing
. they were killed at or around the u.s. consulate in benghazi. this is the eastern side of libya. this happened overnight. stevens was a career diplomat. spent several stints in libya. the type of dedicate the american diplomat we come across all the time in that region. secretary clint said he was committed to america's values and interests. this was all about attack on the consulate by islamists protesting the film made in the united states critical of the muslim prophet mohammed. getting a lot of play on the internet. consulate burned down the vehicles perhaps the one in which the ambassador and other americans were hit by rockets. we heard from the leadership of the libyan government. they say they are sorry that they are looking for those responsible. one group being now thought as a possible suspect with allegiances to al qaeda but there are a lot of militant groups as we can tell you from our experience on the ground in libya in post-qaddafi era. bill: what can we report about what is happening in the region today, greg? >> reporter: seems like the chronology, bill, this w
in benghazi. that is where we begin. i'm bill hemmer. good morning to "america's newsroom.". martha: good morning, everybody. i'm martha maccallum. there are still really a lot of unanswered questions. it is still unclear what the libyan government is doing to bring those killers to justice. president obama yesterday telling the u.n. assembly that america will get to the bottom of the murders of chris stevens and the others. >> the attack on civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. there should be no doubt we will be relentless tracking down the killers and bringing them tobill: how possit while order in libya is still unknown? we want to begin our coverage now. greg palkot streaming live out of tripoli. what is the latest on this militia crackdown there, greg? >> reporter: bill, martha, we're getting mixed signals about that. we were just talking to our contact in benghazi. he said one of the key militias in that city is it falling into line with the government. we've been out and about here in tripoli. we visited one compound where militias were driven out by libyan security force
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi the attack that killed our ambassador to libya and three others was directly tied to al-qaeda. a former detainee released from kwan taken mow was suspected to lead the attack. in 2007 he was transferred to libyan custody under the condition that he would be kept in prison forever. but guess what, he was not. and is now it is suspected he led the assault against the u.s. consulate in benghazi. and the white house blind sighted. in fact for an entire week the obama administration has stuck to its story line that this year's 9/11 anniversary attack was a reaction to an anti-muslim youtube video. it was not until today they finally admitted the libya consulate tack was an attack of terrorism. we are joined now by -- >> good evening sir. >> good evening. >> why are we learning this just now? >> i don't think you are learning it just now. we have an administration that was trying to deceive the american people or showed ineptness and incompetence. we know al-qaeda and others were involved in this attack. they operate in and around the area of benghazi.
in benghazi. four americans are dead and still this president is refuse to go come clean about what happened and more importantly, who was to blame. after more than a week of denying this was a premeditated salt, the white house has reversed its position saying it is, quote, self-evident tend it was a terrorist attack. that remark came that jay carney today and it was self evident to any objective observer that it was all the work of al-qaeda from the very beginning. the only people denying that the last week is people like jay carney. th wanted us to believe the afascinations of the ambassador, stevens, and navy seals were the quote of a movie trailer. this had nothing to do with the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. but as more facts about the tragedy were revealed, that story began to change and contradictions began piling up. let's review. >> this is a fairly volatile situation and it is in response not to united states policy, not to obviously the administration, not to the american people. it is in response to a video, a film. >> the best assessment we have today is that, in fact, this
were ripped down and in egypt -- i'm sorry, in benghazi, we had an ambassador and three other people killed, his body dragged through the streets after it's reported in "the washington times," he was sodomized before he was killed. this wasn't supposed to happen under president obam a. he went to corow, world peace was going to break out as he went on this apology tour and this is part of his speech in cairo in 2009. >> i am grateful for your hospitality and the hospitality of the people of egypt. and i am also proud to carry with me the good will of the american people in a greeting of peace from muslim communities in my country. [cheering] >> i have come here to cairo to seek a new beginning, between the united states and muslims around the world. that is what i will try to do today, to speak the truth as best i can. humbled by the task before us and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart. america respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagre
at that consultate in benghazi. we have been speaking to the fbi and their investigation is already underway. a team of fbi agents should have landed in libya as early as today. they, backed up by a marine rapid response team already on the ground inside libya. there is one u.s. navy destroyer and one more coming off the coast of libya. and overhead, surveillance drones tracking events and the eastern side of the country. in fact, yesterday, the report is that islamist militants fired at those surveillance drones and actually shut down the airport on the eastern side of the country for a couple of hours. it just shows again how complex the terror manhunt will be and how dangerous it can be. security is not good. the terrain is very difficult. the government says it wants to help. there are new reports just in the past couple hours of a further roundup of suspects who might have been at the scene of the consultate but often the government in libya is at the mercy of the militants that could be responsible for the tragic event. harris? >> boy, have we seen that play out. who truer words spoken. greg p
on the consulate in benghazi not only is al-qaida carrying out acts of terror but sabtage libya's effort to build a post gaddafi government. >> they are working with violent extremist to undermine in. as we saw in benghazi. >> president obama still hasn't called what happened in libya a terrorist attack and that outraged senators graham we recognize al-qaida involved in the terrorist attack is an inconvenient truth for a president who claims to be destroying al-qaida. but is it not too much to ask why the president and his administration took so long to state what appeared obvious about what happened in benghazi. aboard air force one. jay carny explainsine though we haven't heard it from the president. mr. obama considers what happened on 9/11 in benghazi a terrorist attack and mr. carny explained that the president spoke the attack at the united nations assembly and made it clear it is wholy unacceptable to respond to a video with violence. mr. carny said it is it by definition a terrorist attack when there is it a prolonged assault on the embassy with weapons. and the fbi is trying to figure ou
developments in libya. one day after attackers in benghazi killed the u.s.s. ambassador and three other americans. u.s. officials tell fox news tonight the pentagon is now moving two warships to the libyan coast for what it calls contingency purposes 50 marines heading to tripoli. u.s. lawmakers say killers may have been planning this for some time. >> it was a coordinated military-styled commando-type raid that had both direct fire and indirect fire. military movement involved in it. this was a well-planned, well-targeted event. >> shepard: the violence in benghazi in libya came as we marked 11 years since the attacks of 9/11. members of the senate intelligence committee are calling for investigations to determine whether there is a link. we'll have another update at the bottom of the hour. shepard smith in new york. the o'reilly factor continues right after this. in america today we're running out of a vital resource we need to compete on the global stage. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we could have 20 million jobs without enough college
a couple of times. now what happened in benghazi, afterwards, we have lost four of our diplomats, our ambassador was killed. this is a straj trag -- this is a tragedy. this is outrageous. going forward, we need peace through strength. our adversaries who are tempted to test us need to than america is strong millitarily, that we won't have the devastating defense cuts that questions the resolve and the strength of our military. our president needs to speak with force and clarity for our principles. >> greta: that mixes several issues ever achieving peace through strength. we have the issue of sequestration and afghanistan and what will we do with afghanistan? >> peace through strength. don't gut the military. the president -- don't forget -- give us a big cut to the military, $478 billion, which we think goes past the bone, compromises readiness or strength. we need to give our soldier, sail oairmen and marines, the equipment to do their job as efficiently as possible. sequestration -- we passed the legislation in the house, i auhorr thorred it -- i authored it to go after the waste. t
. jenna: new political fallout from the president's handling of the attack in benghazi that left four americans dead. we should say four americans murdered. senator lindsey graham joins us live with his take how this story has developed. >>> horrifying accounts as a gunman opens fire at a minneapolis office. five people are dead. the latest on a devastating workplace shooting. >>> plus, the investigation into the cause of a fiery plane crash that killed 19 people. it's all new, it's all live. it's "happening now." jenna: and we start with some politics. topping the news at this hour the race for the white house and brand new polls from three key battleground states. we're glad you're with us on this friday, everybody. i'm jenna lee. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for john -- jon scott. we're looking at brand new poll numbers that the fight for president obama and mitt romney remains close days away from the first presidential debate. "wall street journal" marist poll showing the president has a seven point edge in new hampshire and smaller two point lead in north carolina and nevada. tha
highlights later. most people are saying it was a week since the benghazi attacks and amazing how the administration has been off message despite the evidence on the ground that it was a preplanned organized terrorist attack and dare i say al-qaida . now the administration seems to have seen the light and starting to realize that the indication are that this was indeed a terrorist attack. >> gretchen: it is interesting. even though it appears they came full circle. the spokesperson for the president had a different than the president within a couple of hours. let's see what jay carny said aboard air force one. it is a reporter gaggle and hard it here. here is the quote. i think it is self evident what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. our embassy was attacked and the result of four deaths of american officials. again, that is self evident. that is not what jay carny said a few days ago and susan rice ambassador to the united nations said on the talk shows on sunday. what changed the opinion in the public where they felt compelled to change the story is when matt olsen t
in benghazi and what they did with that information the. the state department confirming it knew of possible protests in egypt and it passed on intelligence to u.s. personnel working and living there. listen. >> when we had the difficulty there is was actually minimal staff in the building because we were already alerted and we alerted the egyptians as well. bill: what about libya then? the violence, what many describe as a coordinated assault, all hoe though the white house will not call it that. what did they know about libya and why it is being describeds a terrorist attack. that is coming up with kt mcfarland, steve hayes and a load of other. >> call it the tale of the dueling tapes. we're getting new reaction from the romney camp after the governor's comments at a private fund-raiser were leak need yaw. now a recording from president obama's past is also getting some attention. the then state lawmaker in this video talks about spreading the wealth. >> i think the trib is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution beca
said today we had no actual intelligence that an attack on our post in benghazi was planned or imminent. two questions, first of all, they said benghazi. they had some warning for egypt. what does the actual intelligence mean? >> when you are in a threatened environment and the ambassador goes outside the compound, especially in benghazi, that has been a source of recruiting for al-qaeda for some time, extra caution should have been taken. one should argue at a dangerous place on 9/11 he doesn't go out at all. but the tragedy that four people are dead, it doesn't matter what the excuse is beforehand, there was a massive failure here. >> let's go back to my earlier point. why do you need a warning when you are in a place where there are extremists that don't like americans, and whatever purpose and he was heartless in libya, it was so obvious people didn't want us here. islamic extremists don't want us there, they want their law. >> unless you think everyone is fine. and you think things are going well in the middle east. but if your notion is that the war on terrorism is over and we've
on in benghazi. >> if you watch the president you notice he saw the foreign service that chris stevens our ambassador who murdered provided to the united nations and united states as well he talked glowingly of mr. stevens. it is odd that the day he was murdered mr. obama did the fund raising event on the day of the murder. >> brian: i thought it was interesting he said he was a christian and that was news to madonna who called him a black muslim. we are not sure. the speech was direct and half to the domestic audience and half to the world and meandering and like his speeches could be 10 minutes shorter. >> gretchen: is that politicians in general. >> brian: i thought mitt romney at the clinton initiative was more direct and offered a solution. we should linkk our foreign aid to the behavior of the countries many of which blow up our embassies. >> gretchen: if you are strat jizing for obama you coast until the election because he is ahead in the polls. that's what they tell somebody. for mitt romney, you got to point out solution and point out the differences and especially in the debates
the segment, showing about mitt rim's comments on the attacks in benghazi and cairo were terrible. i think it's a wash. >> but it's moved beyond mitt romney's statements none attack. it's gone in part to the administration's hard-to-believe story that all this violence was sparked by the movie and the movie alone and now i think the issues are what really happened in benghazi. we still don't know exactly what happened. was it preplanned? and then the spread to the other countries. >> the longer this goes on, the more it becomes about the president's responsibility and the less it becomes about mitt romney's initial reaction to it. >> but his foreign policy has not been a predominant issue in a lot of these races and with the economy as sluggish as it is, you wouldn't think this would trump everything. >> world events have a way of disrupting elections at times and no one saw this becoming as a predominant issue in the campaign. >> obama had a lot of strong points on foreign policy, he had a pretty nice list of thing and pretty close with afghanistan but the arab spring was always that was som
on in benghazi, libya. the cia might be at fault as well. they should have known and on and on and on. and you say. >> i say that she was being briefed all the time and if she wasn't being briefed if she was declining her intelligence briefing which has been reported on fox then she is at fault for that, too. they had warning after warning. yesterday's "wall street journal" makes it extremely clear how much warning they had, various aassassination attempts, destruction of property attempts, reports from various intelligence sources. they did nothing to protect the ambassador whatsoever. that's wrong. plus, there was the coverup afterwards. immediately afterwards when it was clear that well-armed, well-organized terrorists had done this attack. the state department and ms. rice at the u.n. were still saying and mr. obama were still saying it was spontaneous uprising even though the killers had automatic antiaircraft cannon in which they were raking the building. that's not the kind of thing a person usually carries in his pocket. >> bill: rice is taking the heat for that the secretary of the un
of this to include benghazi was preplanned. it's not spontaneous. megyn: so you're saying they are feeling more emboldened now, that they don't believe that the american superpower will strike back in the way we once would have? >> exactly. and, of course, our ability to do so isdiminished every time we pull more troops occupant of a place like afghanistan t. out of a place like afghanistan. the sad fact of it is that the mission of the u.s. u.s. marinen this case with the fast units being sent out are to protect diplomatic missions from this kind of assault. well, there's not quite enough marines to go around if that's what we're going to continue to do, cutting the budget. so places like sudan which turned down the introduction of a marine security guard detachment and the enhanced fast unit that was supposed to go out there, what we really ought to be doing is telling sudan no marines, no aid. and this administration isn't about to do that kind of thing because they can't even acknowledge that they failed, they failed in the basic requirements of preparing for the kind of demonstrations that
in benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in cairo. >> spontaneously. that is not what intelligence agencies are saying. even the president of libya sees it differently. specific date for this so-called demonstration. i think we have no -- this leaves us with no doubt that this is preplanned. >> all right. the date, of course, september 11th. once again the obama administration seems befuddled by muslim violence which is growing. afghanistan now in peril. iran spitting in the eye of america and al qaeda reconstituting in places like yemen. again, the soft power approach hasn't worked. in fact, mr. obama's greatest success is are the grown missile attacks. they ever demonstration of hard power. vital issue number three. gas prices through the roof and the nation has no coherent energy policy. if israel decides to attack iran, gas prices might go to 7 bucks a gallon. mr. obama is well intention ited in wanting alternative fuels. his intention to the fossil fuel industry has put working americans in a very bad place. wait until you see your heating bill.
the embassy or consulate of benghazi had ever seen. they simply should have said we'll wait until the facts are in. we are troubled by the circumstances. we're going to make certain everything we need to know. they were rushing out to say the video's fault. there were lots of earlier indications this was terrorist attacks. protestors don't show up with rocket propelled grenades. there may be a few ak-47s in crowd. they made two assaults on the facility. drive off paramilitary unit. >> greta: and people tend to be more interested in jobs in elections and domestic issues. do you see this foresee this event having an impact or foreign policy? >> it will have some impact. in most instances when there is a moment of danger to the united states. remember it's an extraordinary event. only eight times in history that a u.s. ambassador has been killed. this is a big moment. normally in moments like that people rally around the president and rally around the government. not in this instance. i think the handling of the administration's part. also there is too many troubling questions. this is 9/11. t
is not commentog the status of its investigation . the agents are on the ground and they are not in benghazi itself . >> gretchen: thank you so much, kelly. >> steve: 67th annual united nation's general assemy will kick off. our president will make a speech but not meet with them. but he will meet with the ladies of the view. that was the topic of rogert bibs and chris wallace. watch >> i want to go back to the un and new york this week. he's got schedules and foreign leaders have schedules, but the president has blocked out time to appear on the view on tuesday, so he has time for whoopy goldberg but not world leaders? >> no, chris, look, the president will be actively involved with the un. >> he's giving a speech. >> chris, they have telephones in the white house. he talked to the leader in libya. we don't need a meeting in washington to confer with leaders. >> but he has -- >> i am sure if he would do an brew with you on fox news, you would have no problem. >> he hasn't. that's not the point. >> what is the minutes of fox and view? >> brian: it is important the president of egypt changed his min
extremists in an attack that began on september 11 at the consulate in benghazi, libya, were brought home. chris siebs played a key role to help free citizens from muammar gaddafi. foreign service information management officer sean smith joined the state department after six years in the air force and leighs behind a love -- leaves behind a loving wife and two small children. former navy seal glen doherty deployed to some of the most dangerous places on earth and was an experienced paramedic. tyrone woods sevened multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan and leaves behind a loving wife and three sons including one born a few months ago. all died in service to our country. they leave behind grieving families, friends, and colleagues. eric, today very, you know, sad day, just thinking about the live, the families, the friends, the americans, the value the service they have given to this country so faithfully and honorably. your thoughts on the me moral day. >> eric: hard to put in words, kim. the whole newsroom at that moment when we saw them starting to bring the casket in and the whole plac
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